Giving Thanks for All of It–Even the Damn Sneakers.

I have much to be thankful for and I do my best to never forget it. However, as we go through life’s daily grind, it can be easy to let our gratitude slip between the cracks. Like most people, I can get frustrated but at the end of the day, I’m blessed where it counts. First and foremost, I’m grateful for my family. My husband and four sons are the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and roses at our house.


A layer of dog hair covers most surfaces and no matter how often I vaccum…there’s more. As you can see by Tiberius’ face, he’s not sorry. Cooper, our cocker spaniel, he’s not sorry either. Two dogs equals tumbleweeds of hair but the snuggles they give us makes it all worthwhile.

Not one of my sons or my husband can seem to use a laundry basket for their dirty clothes. Nope. The dirty clothes land on the floor in a trail leading to the laundry basket but not in it.  Every now and then a lone sock will be hanging over the edge but that’s as close as they get.  For some unknown reason, all of the men in my house kick their shoes off into the foyer.  And leave them there. On any given day, you will find a minefield of random shoes in my front hall. Seriously. One day you might see this headline…”Author breaks her neck walking through her front door.”  If you do, it was me and I was done in by the damn shoes. If I had a dollar for every time I tripped over a sneaker…I’d be freakin’ loaded.

Laundry, dirty dishes, dog hair, and shoes aside, I am lucky. When I get really frustrated and want to throw a sneaker through the window, I ask myself how I would feel if they weren’t here to drive me crazy. That simple question puts everything into perspective.

Life is precious and our time here is fleeting. I am grateful for my dog hair covered house full of loud, funny, messy, smart, crazy and loving men.


Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.


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This weekend was full of family and fun. I attended the Philly Author Fest and had a blast connecting with readers and my fellow authors. Big thanks to my friend Kim Rocha, the super-fab owner of Book Obsessed Chicks for taking some wonderful pics to help commemorate the day! 12244241_10153496990172935_3387518853797298132_o Because the event was right near my sister in law and brother in law’s house we made a weekend out of it. As usual, they were wonderful hosts and treated us to a lovely early Thanksgiving dinner! I’m still full!


When we got home I was thrilled to find the advanced reading copies of The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire waiting for me. It was a lovely discovery that capped off a nice weekend with some of my guys.

12227615_764130617025283_2360532202636397973_n Trixie and Dakota’s love story hits shelves and e-readers on 1/5/16 but you can pre-order your copy today. Get all the details here.